Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the press played their part in Chelsea's decision to sack Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday after the Brazilian had spent only seven months in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Scolari leaves the club fourth in the Premier League table, in the last 16 of the Champions League and fifth round of the FA Cup.
Ferguson admits the news came as a shock to him, saying: "I'm really surprised.
"It's a shock so soon - he only took the job seven months ago. He's a man of great experience. He made Brazil World Cup winners and was the obvious choice to replace Avram Grant.
"But it's a sign of the times. There's absolutely no patience in the world now. It just seems to be more volatile now. You can't always blame the press - but it plays a part.
"The way the tabloids are - competing against the internet and Sky News - there's a sensationalism every time someone has a bad result.
"There was great expectation at Chelsea that they were going to do well this year - and it's only this last month they've had a bad spell. The judgment really is only on the last month."